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Physical activity timetables

The following sample whole school physical activity timetables provide examples of how the minimum requirements of planned physical activity can be demonstrated.

Two objectives from the Sport and Physical Activity Policy for NSW public schools include:

  • student participation in planned physical activity includes time spent in physical education as part of PDHPE, sport and other structured physical activities
  • students in Years K-10 participate in a minimum of 150 minutes of planned moderate with some vigorous physical activity across the
    school week. This time includes planned weekly sport. 

Mandatory planned physical activity

Occurs through teaching and learning in Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) and School Sport. This can include warm up, modified activities, game time, and cool down not just a specific time playing the 'sport'.

Other structured physical activity (OSPA)

This can be planned for other times of the school day such as at recess, lunch or in any other learning experiences. Incorporating these into planned physical activity programs depend on the way teaching and learning is programmed and implemented. Some examples of OSPA include:

  • Energisers - fun and fast-moving activities utilised to break up long periods of sitting and stimulate learning. For example, a class takes part in a 10-minute energiser activity every day making a total of 50 minutes of physical activity for the week. 
  • Integrating physical activity into KLA learning activities, such as in mathematics - numeracy although evidence-based research such as Thinking while Moving.

(PE + sport + energisers + TwM) allows schools to meet the requirements of 150 minutes of planned moderate to vigorous physical activity.

For further information regarding the implementation of the Sport and Physical Activity Policy view the Policy advice and support page.

Primary sample timetable allocation


Sample weekly plans to include 150 minutes of physical activity


Secondary sample timetable allocation

Another way secondary schools could incorporate additional physical activity into their lessons is to include it as part of a morning session, for example as part of roll call, or at a set time of day, for examples after the second break. Incorporating high-intensity training (HITT) sessions (which can be only 10 minutes long) have been shown to have a marked effect on fitness as well as on academic performance.